Rock a Velvet Blazer

I’m totally into the velvet blazer this holiday season and not just because Town & Country editor Stellene Volandes is wearing a stunning blue version in this month’s magazine. This is the coolest thing to wear, in my opinion, if you choose to forgo the cocktail dress.Β  Here are some stylish ways to wear it:

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Of Crackers and Ornaments…

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As the hours tick away this Cyber Monday, here’s one little luxury buy for you or a cherished friend. Perfumier Jo Malone makes these adorable Christmas crackers ($48) and ornaments ($35) with little miniature versions of the brand’s coveted perfumes and creams. This is definitely a gift I would like to open on Christmas Eve! You can find them online at Nordstrom and Sephora, but you have to buy them now because they sell out weeks before the big day. Did you know Duchess Kate is a huge fan of the Orange Blossom cologne? She perfumed the entire Westminster Abbey with Orange Blossom Jo Malone candles on her wedding day. A bit of trivia…

Tucson Shopping Isn’t Always Bad

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I was telling a new friend, recently, that I write a blog about shopping and fashion in Tucson, to which she replied, “There’s shopping in Tucson?” LOL, right?

I know we all say that and it’s seriously frustrating to find anything cool here. BUT, there are many exceptions and honestly, you have to have an open mind. I think you all know I work at Posh, which is my first favorite place for unique finds and the best resale designer bags. Seriously, you would be AMAZED what is brought in each week!

Whimsy and W boutiques also have beautiful, chic offerings.

And I write a lot about Stein Mart, which is what I’m shouting out today. Right now, it is chock full of beautiful holiday dresses, jumpsuits (two I’ve bought here now and get tons of compliments on..), and many shiny, blingy items with SLEEVES! Which, thank you, me and my rosacea arms appreciate! Plus, a healthy selection of obnoxious Christmas apparel and accessories for your next ugly sweater party! Tons of drapey sweaters and sequin leggings, even. Sure, my teens call it the old lady store, but I just really don’t think you can make a blanket statement like that…They’re just much more judgmental under the age of 18.

Allure of the Maltese Cross

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I’m always on the hunt for jewelry with the Maltese Cross. Introduced by the Knights of Malta in the 1500s, this symbol has not only endured for centuries but has found a place on bracelets and necklaces by Chanel, Versace, Kenneth Jay Lane, Yves Saint Laurent and firefighters everywhere. The original cross’ eight points represent virtues such as love, sincerity and justice and faith–all ideals the knights hoped to achieve. You can find stunning versions on Etsy and a treasure trove when the Gem Show comes to town, this winter!